8 things to do in Whitby in 2017

Goths make a pilgrimage to Whitby twice a year
Goths on Whitby's streets

Goths make a pilgrimage to Whitby twice a year Goths on Whitby's streets - Credit: Tony Bartholomew

We haven’t got room for every event that’s happening in Whitby this year. But here are a few edited highlights we think you might enjoy.

Steampunk Weekend, February 4th-5th

The town’s first steampunk weekend is taking place at Whitby Pavilion, with a feast of performers, attractions, traders and contraptions for those who like to look back to the future.

Entry is free and organisers promise there’ll be plenty of parking for charabancs, airships, balloons and penny farthings within easy promenading distance of the venue.

Whitby Charter Skippers Association Spring Festival, April 1st-16th

This very active association has been promoting sustainable cod fishing for more than 30 years, offering anglers of every age and ability the chance to catch something tasty for the table or just for the thrill of the chase.

As well as their daily trips, the members run three angling festival a year in spring, summer (July 1st-23rd) and autumn (September 2nd-17th). There are cash prizes for the heaviest fish – with a whopping £5,000 ready to be hooked in the summer.

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Goth Weekend, April 21st-23rd

If you always look on the dark side of life, then this is a must-visit event. The twice-yearly Whitby Goth Weekend (it returns in October for Halloween) is now one of the most popular events of its kind in Europe – and with very good reason.

No one is knowingly underdressed, the bars are packed with bands and DJs, there are more Draculas than you can shake a sharpened stick at and there is fearsome fun to be had in every nook, cranny and alley.

Whitby Regatta, August 19th-21st

For those of you who like being beside the seaside to the point where your feet get wet, then you might want to don your best oilskins for what is probably the oldest sea regatta on the north-east coast.

It has consistently drawn huge crowds throughout its 170+ years and this year is likely to be no exception, thanks to the quality of the aquatic competition.

Folk Week, August 19th-25th

New artists are being confirmed all the time for this wildly popular music event, but the most up-to-date list as we went to press included The Falconers, Ivan Aitken, Knotted Chord, John Meechan, Lynne Render and Martyn Harvey.

Motown Soul Weekender, September 15th-16th

For those of you who groove whenever you move, this promises to be two days of sheer heaven, with dancing to club and disco classics, a spot of stomping northern soul and familiar dancefloor fillers from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The dress code is smart casual apparently – just like you.

60s Weekend, September 22nd-24th

Whitby Live hosts a series of live Sixties’ music from some of the biggest bands or the decade.

The Manfreds will be there with Paul Jones doing his thing (mainly singing with the odd honk on his harmonica) as will the Swinging Blue Jeans, The Merseybeats, Brian Poole, The Union Gap and a host of quality tributes.

Seaside Vintage Fair, October 7th-8th

If you like your vintage fairs to have a sea view, then this is the sale for you. Whitby Pavilion hosts more than 40 stalls offering genuine vintage fashion and homewares from the 20s to the 80s.

You can pick up everything from frocks and Art Deco clocks to vintage vinyl, curious collectables, costumer jewellery to kitchenalia (that’s pots, pans and plates to you and me).

For more information about events happening in Whitby and all along the Yorkshire coast in 2017, go to visitwhitby.com or discoveryorkshirecoast.com